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Lean NFV operations

Experience lean NFV operations

Experience lean NFV operations

See firsthand how network functions virtualization (NFV) can help you operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and bring more value to your customers. Experience our lean NFV operations demonstration and learn how you can use automation, virtualization, and integration to build dynamic services.

We want to show you how NFV can help your business. Our experts are ready to deliver live demos, workshops, and tech talks in person or online. Contact us today and discover the benefits of embracing lean NFV operations.

From theory to reality: Bringing cloud to telecom networks

The telecommunications industry first discussed NFV in 2012. Borrowing principles and technologies from other industries, NFV working groups have defined baseline requirements, reference architectures, and use cases. But their work has been theoretical until now.

Our lean NFV operations demo turns theory into reality. It shows how NFV follows the lean principles used by other industries. It provides a reference point that illustrates the flexibility and simplicity that NFV can bring to telecom networks and services. And it’s here for you to explore.

Preserving service quality and continuity

The end-user experience is your top priority. Our demonstration will show you how NFV helps preserve quality of experience and service continuity during management operations. It simulates unexpected demand, maintenance operations, and failures and responds with dynamic system changes that are completely transparent to end users.

Reducing operational complexity

NFV can help your operations teams do and achieve more. Our demonstration will show you how NFV can bring improved visibility, easy programmability, and flexible automation to your network. These capabilities will help you support dynamic operations that reduce complexity and boost your efficiency.


Service innovation and lean operations

Our José de Francisco uses our lean NFV operations demo to show the positive impact of agile service launches subject to RAS scenarios.

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NFV mashup series #18: Lean NFV ops demo

See automated orchestration in action and learn how NFV can help you reduce OPEX without compromising reliability, availability, and serviceability.

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Application note: Lean NFV operations

Learn more about the capabilities and guiding principles of our lean NFV operations demonstration.

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What we’re demonstrating:
A complete NFV solution

Our interactive demonstration showcases a fully virtualized, end-to-end solution for operations management. Running live over 100 virtual machines, it presents:

  • A virtualization catalog that supports rapid service instantiation
  • A holistic approach to lifecycle management and reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) tests
  • Advanced service function chaining
  • Integration with operations support systems (OSS), NFV management and orchestration (MANO) platforms, and software defined networking (SDN)

What’s in the demo: Products, solutions, and services

Our demonstration is a modular and scalable cloud system that aligns fully with ETSI NFV specifications. It uses products and solutions from Alcatel-Lucent and 3rd-party vendors to virtualize the mobile core and the IP Multimedia Subsystem. The demonstration includes:

  • Applications provided through our Rapport™ software, virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), and CloudBand™ Ecosystem partners
  • Platforms such as CloudBand, Motive® Dynamic Operations, Nuage Networks™ Virtualized Services Platform, and our Network Services Platform
  • Infrastructure provided by our CloudBand Node

Our demonstration also draws on expertise and innovations provided by Bell Labs Consulting and our Professional Services practice.

What’s behind the demo: Lean NFV principles

The success of an NFV application is measured based on how much it increases operational effectiveness, cost efficiency, and value. We’ve built our lean NFV operations demonstration based on some key principles that support these objectives.

Stack deconstruction: Simplify service architectures by embracing openness, frictionless interoperability, and easy-to-use APIs.

Balanced distribution: Implement smart load placement that considers cost, application requirements, service levels, and network scale.

Dynamic and secure control: Streamline application lifecycles with flexible automation and orchestration.

A common resource pool: Allow services to tap into shared assets that rationalize and right-size resources on demand.

Communities: Develop new value chains with multivendor ecosystems and contribute to open source initiatives that promote industry-wide benefits.

Collaborative work styles: Enable lean NFV operations by embracing co-creation, experimentation, and agile software development.

Service catalogs: Simplify new service creation by flexibly combining defined components.

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